In a bid to revive the long-delayed proposed legislation seeking to increase women’s participation in politics, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has challenged female legislators to re-introduce the ‘30% of Women Participation in Government’s Bill’ and guarantee its passage into law.
The Liberia leader, in a daring tone, told the Legislative Women Caucus (LWC), comprising 12 lawmakers from both the Houses of Representative and Senate, to lobby “one-to-one” with their male counterparts for the bill to be enacted into law in order to increase women’s participation in the government.
President Sirleaf support for the women’s bill appears to be a somersault from her earlier to withhold her support for the proposed legislation because according to her, the said bill did not address fully the inclusion of women in politics at all levels in the society.
President Sirleaf made the remarks yesterday at a one-day policy seminar on ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting’ at the William R. Tolbert Joint Assembly Hall in the Capitol Building.
The seminar, which was organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), followed the installation program of the Legislative Women Caucus of the 53rd Legislature.
Read the complete story at Daily Observer, published 28 June 2012.